Types of Guitars

Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic Guitars

Many people may be surprised to find out just how many options there are when purchasing a guitar. Most people are familiar with the fact that guitars come in both acoustic and electric styles, but they may not be aware of just how many guitar variations there are to choose from.

Different styles of music lend themselves to using certain types of guitars. Your taste in music should be a major factor in deciding what type of guitar to purchase.

Also consider when and where you see yourself playing your guitar. If you plan on packing your new guitar along when you go to the beach or the park, an electric guitar is probably not the best choice. You may also want to pick up a few accessories to go with your new guitar. Let guitarbuyersreview.com help you make an informed choice on your next guitar purchase.

Electric Guitars

Electric Guitars

New or Used

While there are definitely some good deals to be found buying used, people that are inexperienced with guitars may want to stick with a new purchase. Used guitars should be checked for excessive fret wear, setup and truss rod issues, and noisy or broken electronics. Even new guitars can have problems with their setup, so be careful.

Brands

There are many great brands of guitars to choose from. I prefer to stick with fairly well known guitar brands because they are more likely to hold their value. Here are just a few of the most well know guitar brands that you may want to consider for your purchase.

Comparison of Popular Guitar Brands
Brand Reputation Price Range
This table represents just a few of the most well known guitar brands. There are many other great companies making quality guitars.
Fender Overall, Fender has a great reputation as a guitar manufacturer. They are known for their electric guitars, but they also make acoustic models. Japanese and American made Fenders are higher quality than those made in Mexico, but the Mexican made Fenders are also great guitars. The inexpensive Squier guitars made by Fender are good beginner guitars. Squier by Fender: $100 and up
Made in Mexico: $400 and up
Made in the U.S.A.: $750 and up
Gibson Gibson focuses more on high-end guitars these days. They have a long history and a great reputation for building quality acoustic and electric guitars. $385 and up
Most Gibson guitars are over $1000.
Epiphone Epiphone has a great reputation and a long history. They produce less expensive versions of many of Gibson's most famous guitar models. $150 and up
Ibanez Ibanez makes a wide variety of guitar designs. While they do produce some more expensive models, they don't have quite the reputation that Fender, Gibson and Martin do. $150 and up
Martin When it comes to high quality acoustic guitars, Martin has the best reputation around. $500 and up for full sized guitars
Taylor Taylor hasn't been around as long as Martin, but they have become a very popular choice for acoustic guitars. $300 and up

Shopping Local vs. the Internet

There are some great deals to be found on the internet. I tend to be more comfortable buying electric guitars over the internet, as opposed to acoustics. The setup on an electric guitar is more adjustable than an acoustic, and electric guitars generally do not seem quite as fragile. I am extra careful when purchasing an acoustic guitar over the internet.

All guitars are sensitive to heat and humidity and require proper care and storage to stay in the best playing condition. Make sure to ask if the guitar has been recently set up and stored properly. Be even more cautious if you are considering a used purchase.

Buying Guitars for Children

If you are purchasing a guitar for a child under the age of 10, you may want to consider a 3/4 size guitar. There are several well made 3/4 size guitars on the market, both acoustic and electric, that will be easier for your child to learn on. Electric guitars tend to use lighter string guages and have thinner necks. Children may have an easier time learning barre chords, bends, and other techniques on electric instruments.

Nylon stringed folk and classical guitars can be a little easier on the fingers than a standard acoustic, but they do have wider necks. They can be a little more difficult for learning certain chords because of the wide neck, but they are often a great choice for a first instrument.

Steel string guitars are a little bit harder on the fingers than nylon string and electric guitars. Make sure the action is set low (the strings are not too high off the fretboard) and that a very light guage string is used.

I would stay away from 1/2 size guitars. All of the 1/2 size guitars I have run across were better suited as toys than serious instruments. Most children are not ready to start taking the guitar seriously until at least the age of 6 or 7, and by then a 3/4 size guitar should be appropriate for them.

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